Temporary Flight Restrictions
A temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) may be requested by an incident commander, air tactical group supervisor, aircraft working an incident or dispatch if the airspace above an incident is congested or expected to become congested and/or the incident is expected to utilize aircraft for more than a few retardant drops or bucket drops.
Dispatchers may use the TFR decision matrix located at the aircraft desk to decide whether or not to order a TFR for an incident that has not already requested one.
TFR requests will be placed with the Salt Lake Air Route Traffic Control Center: KZLC phone: 801-320-2560 fax: 801-320-2589 Requests will be made in writing (fax) using the IAMS program or the Interagency approved form located at the aircraft desk only. All faxes must be followed up with a phone call to confirm the request has been received. All TFR requests will be documented on a resource order. Notification will be made to Eastern Great Basin with NOTAM number and center point coordinates. It is often times helpful to fax the TFR information/request to Clover Control as well so they can route military aircraft around the area.
Fire TFR’s are in place 24hrs per day. Dispatchers are not at liberty to negotiate timeframes. Every attempt will be made to ensure TFR’s are cancelled with KZLC as soon as they are no longer needed.
Important Note: An (a)2 TFR (normally requested for fire emergencies) does not prevent all aircraft from entering into the airspace. Hazard Relief, Law Enforcement, Airport Traffic, Air Traffic Control/IFR Traffic, and Aircraft carrying accredited news media are not prevented from entering the airspace. In addition, military aircraft already in training routes can not always be contacted when a new TFR is issued.
Media pilots requesting entry into our TFR’s will be given the Air to Air Frequencies and/or Air to Ground Frequency and a contact (either the Air Attack or Incident Commander). The dispatcher will inform the Air Tactical Group Supervisor/Incident Commander of the media aircrafts ETA and call sign. Dispatchers do not have the authority to tell media aircraft they cannot fly a fire. Air Attack or the Incident Commander will coordinate with media aircraft.
TFR’s can be viewed at the following web sites: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/fire/aviation/airspace/ http://airspace.blm.gov/mapping/blm/index.cfm